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The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful place, set amongst the vineyards. Food was outstanding and staff very helpful and knowledgeable. We were given a sample of wine to taste before buying. A really lovely experience

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most reviews are prompted by a criticism of some sort.
In this case I cannot make one complaint or pick on tiny thing that made our experience anything less than perfect.
We used to visit the Hunting Lodge some years ago when it was the original villa and very 'old house' and 'comfortable.
But then it seemed togo downhill with a pretty minimal and ordinary menu.
The entire restaurant has been modernised but in a fashion that takes into account the villas of old.
The decoration is light, bright and very tasteful with views out over the vineyards and a great ambience.
The food was excellent (The Ricotta dish especially - and the Crème brûlée just superb) and the wine excellent with staff who knew precisely what they were talking about and were happy to answer questions on types and vintages.
The service overall was personal and attentive and the lady serving us ('Bonny' I think the name was) had such a love of both the food and wine as to be very entertaining.
Not a cheap lunch but for the amount and quality we had, it was well worth it.
The place was not crowded (we ate in the restaurant and not the cafe) so perhaps things may change when the place is full but I can thoroughly recommend this 'new' Hunting Lodge.

Thank BobMcmu
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The_Hunting_Lodge_nz, Public Relations Manager at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Bob for taking the time to write this fantastic review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your entire visit at our restaurant. Since taking ownership in early 2016 the Sutton family have been lovingly restoring the estate with the help of family, friends and some very passionate locals.

We have a fantastic restaurant team on board including Des Harris (Executive Chef), Ash Abramowitz (Head Chef) and Vicky Gurovich (in-house pastry chef) together with their team of chefs & service staff have worked hard to create the best experience for all who visit our restaurant. We will make sure this review gets passed on to them, especially Bonnie. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future!

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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

We had the trust the chef menu and wine match which was fantastic and great value. The food was delicious and ample, the wine great and the service perfect. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable - giving just the right amount of info about everything and clearly enthusiastic. For our family celebration with elderly parents it was ideal. The decor and setting are contemporary but comfortable. The music was enjoyable if slightly unusual in that It was circa 1980s .. We will definitely return as I can’t stop thinking about the focaccia and pate.. And the arrancini balls were incredible!!

Thank the_nz_halls
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The_Hunting_Lodge_nz, Public Relations Manager at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

Thankyou for your great review and feedback. We are fortunate to have a great team who work hard to provide the best possible experience for all who visit. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future!

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Reviewed 20 September 2018

We had a very nice experience at The Hunting Lodge. The wine tasting was laid back and very interesting with a well informed guide. The wines had some great variety to which was nice, we purchased a few bottles.

Then a casual lunch out on the lawns with a a couple very nice pizzas. Lots of other choices on the cafe menu and there is the fine dining restaurant if you want something more formal.

Good service, good experience.

Thank MarkJCC
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The_Hunting_Lodge_nz, Public Relations Manager at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2018

Thanks Mark, great to here that you enjoyed your visit to our Cellar Door & Cafe. We have a great team on board who work hard to provide the best experience for all who visit. I will be sure to pass on this positive feedback to the team. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future.

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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Recently visited the Hunting Lodge with my girlfriend. Michelle served us all of our wines and she was absolutely fabulous, the wines were beautiful.
Food looked great but unfortunately we had a big breakfast! We will be back for sure.

Thank Kirk R
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The_Hunting_Lodge_nz, Public Relations Manager at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

Hey Kirk, great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to the opportunity to host you again soon!

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Reviewed 11 August 2018

The Hunting Lodge Winery and restaurant is very good
Menu is great ...
Food is wonderful
Wines are great
Service is very good
Such a lovely place

Thank Brycee10
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The_Hunting_Lodge_nz, Public Relations Manager at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Thanks Brycee10 for your positive review!

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Reviewed 6 August 2018

Absolutely loved our dinner experience.
Food was sensational. Service was fantastic.
Wine (& pairing recommendations) we absolutely loved.
One of my fave spots in Auckland, hands down.

Thank CharmaineH199
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The_Hunting_Lodge_nz, Public Relations Manager at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Thanks Charmaine for you great review! We are very lucky to have a great restaurant team who work hard to provide the best dining experience for all who visit. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again soon.

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Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Six of us went along for dinner - options of trusting the chef as a table or selecting from the small (but still too large a choice) menu which we did. Everything sounded great. Vegetables from the garden. Venison pie was very good.
Recommend.

Thank Nicola W
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The_Hunting_Lodge_nz, Public Relations Manager at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2018

Thanks Nicola for your feedback! We are very fortunate to have both Des our Executive Chef and Asher our head chef who work hard to provide the best dining experience.

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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Warm, welcoming staff. Fabulous fresh seasonal food. Perfectly selected wines. Beautiful ambiance. A truly special place!

Thank SharrynG3
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The_Hunting_Lodge_nz, Public Relations Manager at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2018

Thanks Sharryn for your great review! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

The cafe sits adjacent to the restaurant. Sunday lunch platter was real food simply presented. The wood fired pizza too very tasty hot and full of local flavours. Cheaper than the restaurant but still tasty. Winters day so no chance to enjoy ground. A spring summer weekend lunch would be lovely

Thank Tracy H
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The_Hunting_Lodge_nz, Public Relations Manager at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2018

Thanks Tracy for your great review, our menu has been crafted by our Executive Chef Des Harris and will pass on the great review to him and the Cafe team.

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